Hoyne Elementary School

Year 3 - Grade 6


Student #1

Hoyne students really enjoy looking up artists on the internet. We introduced them to the life of artist Alexander Caulder, a 10 mini documentary on Youtube. They were impressed by how his work had evolved through time.th-2IMG_2554Students created their own 3-dimensional Caulder sculpture. What a great way to begin our first session!IMG_0981

IMG_2536Above: Student writings about how they constructed their 3-dimensional sculptures and how they used a personal experience for inspiration.

Student #2


6th grade focused on Healthy Goals & Habits  that contribute to their growth and academic development.


  • IMG_2539In the art room students recalled the concept of goals and habits just learned in their homeroom class.

Student #3

Based on their teacher’s focus, we asked 6th grade the very same inquiry questions we put together ourselves.


  • What are the main important principles you should live by?
  • What are your seven healthy habits?
  • How do we set goals?
  • How do we accomplish our goals?
  • How can I be a better person?



Student #1

6th grade looked up a couple of mimi-documentaries on collage works of Artists Barbara Krueger, Picasso’s guitars and Robert Rauschenberg.thIMG_2549Students payed really close attention to these artist’s artwork. They weren’t accustomed to seeing artwork that looked like this.

They learned about Rauschenberg’s Combines.th-4The students learned that collage work can be made out of a variety different materials. They learned how text can be just as powerful as color.

Student quote on one of Rauschenberg’s images

“that man printed on a car!”









Student #2


Students created collage works that would incorporate their goals, thoughts & personal reflections in responses to life’s challenges.  IMG_1223

th-7Students also looked at graffiti artists who use stencils and photography for social commentary. IMG_2553Above: Student incorporates stencils into his collage.th-2

The students learned that collage work can be made out of a variety different materials. They learned how text can be just as powerful as color.

Student #3

Student’ CollagesIMG_1923Students were invested in every part of the process of collage making. They had a whole session on just working the first layers of colors. IMG_1924Some students took the unconventional way of incorporating text into their collages. Some of the collages included text (and images) in the form of metal engravings.

Students were asked to write about their collages artworks in their journals.

  •  Why does it look the way it does?
  • Why did you use these colors and images?  
  • Where did your inspiration can from?
  • How does it connect to the over all project of goals, aspiration, healthy habits and being a better person?


Student #1

IMG_1921 Translation:

I drew a yellowish, green cross symbol to represent world peace and the red to show this world was harmed and how people’s homes got destroyed but the buildings here show the building’s back , fixed and better than ever, The green shows how this world and all of this destruction won’t be anymore and we will live in peace with friendliest people and not having any parents worrying about you 24/7.

So basically what I am trying to say is the green represents life and hope. The blue up at the top is to show harmony, to show the beauty of the world like the beautiful seas and oceans and las but not least , finally, my name in black because to me, since it’s the darkest color, it’s like the deepest, most darkest intense color. To me it’s like that centerpiece, its to show you can overcome any sort of terrible, not matter how bad it is. If you put your mind to it and don’t keep any secrets, just get it off your chest and don’t keep your anger towards someone because it will only get worse. Just let it go, go apologize and be the better person than most people.IMG_1922

Student #2

From Journal To Collage:
A students artwork about journeys, changes and getting through dark times.

In the beginning of the project she reflected on the idea of isolation and depression.  Through out her creative process she began to incorporate themes of peace, inner change, journeys and reflection. Some of her imagery came from one of her favorite books.IMG_2527Her artwork incorporated paint, photographic images, newspaper & text.IMG_2528Student example of early sketches that made it into their collage.IMG_2532


Student #3

An example of artwork from a student who could not read or write.

In the beginning this student showed lack of enthusiasm for a literacy based art project. He was not motivated and made it a point to let us know that he was not going to participate because he could not read or write. This student also had behavior problems in class and his attention deficit made it a challenge to create his artwork.

Eventually he came back to the project.IMG_2545In his collage, his work has references related to sports (things that make him happy) along with colors symbolizing the idea of frustration. He really enjoyed engraving words on metal. He enjoyed the process of writing the words in reverse on the back of the aluminum in order for them to be 3-dimensional in the front.IMG_2544

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